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Maybe all MBTA trains should be driverless: expert

Reports that a Red Line train went barreling through four stations without a driver on Thursday gave riders quite a stir this week. The mishap, believed to have been caused by operator error, birthed an MBTA controversy that was big even for an agency used to dealing with commuters’ scorn...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:29pm

Replica of new Orange Line train making trip from China to Boston

An Orange Line train is taking a long ride from China to Boston. The MBTA tweeted a photo of a scale replica of the new Orange Line car as it was being loaded onto a cargo ship in China on Dec. 26. The train is being shipped to Boston, where it will arrive in about a month, the MBTA said. A...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 2:07pm

Luis Ramirez out after just over a year as MBTA General Manager

After just more than one year managing the MBTA, Luis Ramirez is leaving the transit agency, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Tuesday she has chosen MBTA control board member Steve Poftak to take over in the new year. Pollack said Poftak will start as MBTA general manager on Jan...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:00am

What to know about the MBTA, parking restrictions for Red Sox World Series parade

Before you can celebrate at the Red Sox World Series parade on Wednesday, you’ll have to figure out how to get there, and officials are advising that you choose public transit over driving. Keolis, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, will increase train capacity and on-hand personnel on...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 3:05pm

Boston MBTA late-night bus services being tested

MBTA late-night bus services are being tested by the transit line beginning Sept. 2. The MBTA expanded their bus service hours for late working commuters and more. The transit service is currently running the late-night services as a pilot program with busses running from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. every...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 10:45am

MBTA countdown clocks will now show when trains are stopped

The MBTA countdown clocks can be helpful if you’re wondering how long you’ll have to stand on a platform waiting for your train — unless there’s a delay, of course, and you’re left starting at a digital sign that’s been saying a train is two minutes away, even...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:38pm

MBTA unveils new Red Line train car design

Officials have revealed the new Red Line train designs, and you could get a peek inside before they hit the rails. A mock-up of the new Red Line train debuted at City Hall Plaza this week and will be on display through Thursday. Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:56am

MBTA offering special train to Gillette Stadium for Beyonce and Jay Z concert

Are you heading to the Beyonce and Jay Z concert this weekend at Gillette Stadium? Before you can go apes**t in the audience, you have to get there, and the MBTA is here to help. If you don’t want to deal with the crowds getting into or out of the Gillette Stadium parking lot — or the...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:16pm

MBTA commuter rail trains to accept credit card payments onboard

Commuter rail riders will soon have another way to pay their fares onboard. Beginning this fall, passengers will be able to pay their commuter rail fare onboard with a credit or debit card, the MBTA announced Wednesday. This is a first for the commuter rail network, according to Keolis, the MBTA...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:13pm

Officials break ground on Green Line Extension project in Somerville

Officials broke ground on the Green Line Extension project on Monday in Somerville, marking a long-awaited start to the transportation plan that will extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. The project has received more federal funding, as well, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:03am

Rail link between North and South stations could cost up to $21 billion

The cheapest version of a rail link between North and South station would run about $12.3 billion, and a more extensive version could cost about $21.5 billion, according to a draft study by the MBTA. The T's analysis, pursued with the consultant Arup, dwarfs the figures in a study publicized...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:23am

$10 parking fees part of MBTA plan that hopes to collect $8.5M from public

Drivers who park and ride from MBTA facilities during the work week will pay steeper prices at the more popular garages but could receive discounts at underused lots, under a policy adopted by the MBTA control board that will go into effect Aug. 1. Weekday prices will rise from $7 to $10 at three...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:25am

Wire issue disrupts Green Line service Tuesday morning

A problem with a power wire shut down service on the MBTA Green Line for a few hours Tuesday morning, stranding hundreds of passengers during their commutes. The MBTA announced that service was suspended between Government Center and Kenmore Square around 8:30 a.m.  “Please expect...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 4:52pm

MBTA approves early morning, late night bus service pilot

Early-morning bus trips and more frequent late night trips are scheduled to begin in September under a $1.2 million pilot proposal that the MBTA Control Board approved on Monday. The new service would primarily serve cities north of Boston, including Chelsea, Malden and Revere, and neighborhoods...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 4:22pm

MBTA to offer reduced weekend commuter rail fares this summer

Summer is the time for weekend getaways, and the commuter rail can connect you to spots across Massachusetts. But if you don’t want to spend all your vacation money on MBTA fares, take note of the summer deal. The MBTA commuter rail announced this week that there will be a special weekend...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:25am

Spider-Man spotted hanging out on the T in Boston

After one masked hero falls, another rises in Boston. A costumed commuter has become a social media sensation for his web-slinging antics dressed as Spider-Man while riding the T. Earlier this week, a user on Twitter shared a video of the colorful Green Line rider, who was spotted hanging upside...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 2:04pm

Keolis announces commuter rail schedule changes for spring, summer

The commuter rail schedule will see some changes for the spring/summer season. Keolis Commuter Services announced this week some of the adjustments that will be made to certain commuter rail routes as we head into the warmer months. These changes, Keolis said, are meant to use new or improved rail...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:51am

Massachusetts advances $17.2 billion transportation capital budget

Transportation officials sketched out plans to spend $17.2 billion on capital projects over the next five years and approved a new policy to continue the old practice of paying certain MBTA employees through the capital budget. The MBTA has 230 employees being paid out of its capital budget and...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 9:29am

MBTA reveals new Green Line car design concept

The MBTA has released a concept design for new Green Line cars, and the proposed changes mean longer, more accessible trains that can carry more passengers. The newly designed Green Line trains would increase capacity with single cars that are 116 feet long, rather than the current 74-foot-long...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm

Advocates call on MBTA to switch to all electric buses

Environmental advocates, medical professionals and members of a public interest group are calling on the MBTA to switch completely to electric buses, saying the transition is necessary to protect the health of residents and the environment. “The majority of America’s buses remain dirty...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 5:03am